Between the demands of work and family, preparing healthy meals on a daily basis can be tough. Cooking From The Heart's chefs aim to help households overcome this challenge by preparing entrees, soups, and salads and then delivering the dishes to customers' homes, where they can be conveniently defrosted and reheated for a quick, nutritious meal. To make meal-time even more convenient, food arrives at doorsteps in microwave- and oven-safe glass Pyrex dishes, and the staff even retrieves the cleaned dishes from previous orders with every drop-off.
Drawing inspiration from Thai, Greek, Latin, Italian, and American cuisines, the chefs prepare an ever-changing selection of classic comfort foods with a healthy twist. In addition to avoiding added sugar and refined products, they also incorporate as many organic grains, herbs, and vegetables as possible. Ground turkey provides a healthful alternative to red meats in dishes such as a shepherd's pie, joining sautéed onions and brown gravy beneath a crust of cheesy mashed potatoes. Similarly, quinoa and tofu can help add a welcome dose of protein without adding fat and cholesterol, the way meat can. And because Cooking From The Heart knows that some customers have special reasons for watching what they eat, they also provide many options that can be made without dairy, meat, cholesterol, or any vegetable that flies.
Front Street Gourmet furnishes home feasts with comprehensive deli offerings, spirits, and sweet confections available for carryout and catering. The daily takeout menu wraps up and sandwiches slow-cooked barbecue chicken, lobster salad, and classic cold cuts, and hefty catering trays boast Boar's Head meat and artisan cheeses to be mixed and matched by groups and famished cement trucks. At the onsite bakery, confectioners decorate desserts such as cupcakes and full-size cakes with custom artwork that conveys anything from a birthday message to a baby's first haiku. An extensive cache of international beers, wines, and spirits rounds out the epicurean inventory, and Front Street Gourmet's team of gastronomes specializes in at-home wine tastings, providing parties with staff members upon request.
The scenery behind the counter at Just Desserts Bakery & Cafe can be a bit overwhelming. That's because its bakers fill the glass display cases with a full array of freshly baked sweets, from fondant-topped cupcakes to crispy cannoli. They churn out options for all hours of the day. Eclairs cater to the early crowd's need for a morning sugar rush, and cups of coffee serve the needs of those trying to stay up all night to be the first in line for those eclairs.
The centerpiece of the bakery, however, has always been its cakes and cupcakes. For special occasions, bakers shape batter and swirl frosting to create themed treats. The flavors are just as unique as the designs, with options such as Junior Mint, banana creme, and lemon. Upon request, they can even craft cakes that shun the use of sugar, gluten, or animal products.
Somerville native Joe Armstrong began his culinary career at 13 as a prep cook working for several talented chefs. In the 25 years since, he has served as executive chef at restaurants around the country, including the Flying Fish Café at Walt Disney World’s BoardWalk Inn in Orlando and Goodfellas Trattoria—his own award-winning New England restaurant. Chef Armstrong founded The New Englander Show as a one-stop site for all things culinary, ranging from cooking lessons and classified ads to job openings and frozen-dinner support groups.
For more than 50 years, Lambert's Rainbow Fruit has filled pantries with the vibrant oranges, greens, and reds of fresh fruit and vegetables. Now owned by a third-generation of the Lambert family, the store sells New York-style deli sandwiches and soups along with its groceries. Their on-site garden center also offers flowers and plants as fresh as Lambert's produce to fill homes with cheerful blossoms and life-sustaining oxygen.